|Adam Sutton played 22 matches for the Saints between December 1895 and February 1899. He played in the backs in various positions from full back to wing to centre. He scored one try for the Saints. After playing in every round of the Challenge Cup in 1895 including the semi final, he was very unlucky to miss out on the first historic Challenge Cup Final against Batley. His omission from that momentous match was due to him receiving a serious arm injury in the semi-final. That injury effectively strangled Adam`s career and he appeared only one more time in an official match against Tydesley after that semi-final|
We believe this person to be Adam Paul Sutton. His parents both came to the area from County Carlow, Ireland in the 1850s and married and settled in Liverpool for a couple of years. The family moved to Bolton Street, Parr and the 1861 Census has them living in Bolton Street where Adam`s father was a chemical labourer. As the family expanded they moved to Boundary Road, St Helens where Adam was born in late 1872.
In the 1891 Census Adam was listed as a general labourer living with his parents and two brothers and two sisters. We can assume his work provided the necessary robustness to endure 80 minutes of tough physical contact on the rugby field.
His post Saints` days saw Adam move away from St Helens for a while to the salubrious surroundings of a pub in Exley Street, West Derby, Liverpool where he was employed as a barman. There he met his future wife, Mary Heaton, and he soon returned to the town of his birth, his former employment as a general labourer and a new abode at 58 Bickerstaffe Street, St Helens. During the Great War Adam joined the local Labour Corps regiment and rose to become a Lance Corporal in rank. He was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914-15 Star. He managed to survive the terrible conflict and was discharged in March, 1919.
In 1939, we know that he was living in Huyton with his wife. Adam died in June 1952 aged 79 and his death is registered in Prescot.
Any confirmation of the aforementioned details or further images would be most welcome.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|7th Dec 1895||D||3||Wakefield Trinity||L||1895~96||A||0||0||VIEW|
|25th Dec 1895||W||3||Widnes||L||1895~96||H||6||0||VIEW|
|28th Dec 1895||L||3||Halifax||L||1895~96||A||0||3||VIEW|
|1st Jan 1896||L||3||Manningham||L||1895~96||H||3||8||VIEW|
|4th Jan 1896||L||3||Brighouse Rangers||L||1895~96||A||4||6||VIEW|
|11th Jan 1896||W||3||Halifax||L||1895~96||H||6||3||VIEW|
|8th Feb 1896||L||5||Hunslet||L||1895~96||H||0||5||VIEW|
|22nd Feb 1896||L||3||Runcorn||L||1895~96||A||0||3||VIEW|
|29th Feb 1896||D||3||Warrington||L||1895~96||A||5||5||VIEW|
|7th Mar 1896||W||3||Bradford||L||1895~96||H||11||5||VIEW|
|14th Mar 1896||L||1||Leigh||L||1895~96||A||3||11||VIEW|
|21st Mar 1896||L||5||Wigan||L||1895~96||A||0||10||VIEW|
|28th Mar 1896||L||3||Tyldesley||L||1895~96||A||10||11||1||VIEW|
|22nd Feb 1897||L||4||Warrington||L||1896~97||A||3||7||VIEW|
|27th Feb 1897||L||4||Swinton||L||1896~97||A||0||10||VIEW|
|6th Mar 1897||D||4||Leigh||L||1896~97||A||6||6||VIEW|
|13th Mar 1897||W||4||Stockport||L||1896~97||H||9||0||VIEW|
|20th Mar 1897||W||4||Lees||CC1||1896~97||H||58||0||1||VIEW|
|27th Mar 1897||W||4||Castleford||CC2||1896~97||H||17||3||VIEW|
|3rd Apr 1897||W||5||Wigan||CC3||1896~97||H||11||0||VIEW|
|10th Apr 1897||W||4||Tyldesley||CC4||1896~97||H||12||0||VIEW|
|19th Apr 1897||W||4||Swinton||CCSF||1896~97||N||7||0||VIEW|
|24th Mar 1898||L||4||Swinton*||Fr||1897~98||A||3||5||VIEW|
|21st Jan 1899||W||5||Birkenhead*||Fr||1898~99||A||9||0||VIEW|
|11th Feb 1899||W||4||Tyldesley||L||1898~99||A||6||3||VIEW|
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|